Laure Prouvost

December 16, 2014 – January 23, 2015



Laure Prouvost, Swallow (2013), exhibition view Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, photo: Jens Ziehe, 2014Laure Prouvost, Swallow (2013), exhibition view Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, photo: Jens Ziehe, 2014Laure Prouvost, Swallow (2013), video stillLaure Prouvost, Swallow (2013), video still
Curator: Kathrin Becker

The exhibition at Neuer Berliner Kunstverein is the first solo presentation in a German institution by artist Laure Prouvost (b. 1978 in Lille, France, living in London). Gathered from her experiences as a Frenchwoman living in London, the Turner Prize winner 2013 examines in videos and installations forms of miscommunication - phonetic variations, slips of the tongue, translation errors – unlocking their potential by juxtaposing image and text. In the video piece
Swallow (2013), structured by the recurring motif of a wide-open, sharply inhaling mouth, pictures of female nude bathers, palm leaves, a female nipple next to an open fig and crushed raspberries are alternating against the background of a pond. Prouvost uses rhythmic sequences in different tempos, varying sharpness and blurring, text images and a dominant soundtrack, in order to create a form of Arcadia in Swallow. She deploys the art historical theme of the bathers as an expression of the human relationship to one’s own naturalness and translates it into a contemporary, visually stunning and sensual collage. Apart from Swallow, the exhibition at Neuer Berliner Kunstverein shows the video Burrow Me (2009).

Laure Prouvost studied at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London, and at Goldsmiths University of London. In 2013 she was awarded the prestigious Turner Prize and in 2011 the Max Mara Art Prize for Women. Solo exhibitions include: Laboratorio Arte Alameda, Mexico City (2014); New Museum, New York (2014); Extra City Kunsthal, Antwerp (2014); Whitechapel Gallery, London (2013); Tate Britain, London (2013, 2010); Frieze Projects, London (2011); Treasurer’s House, York (2011). Group exhibitions include: Hayward Gallery, London (2014); Taipei Biennale (2014); Contemporary Arts Museum Houston (2014); Royal Academy, London (2014); Kunsthalle Wien (2014); Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (2014); Tate Britain, London (2013); Institute of Contemporary Arts, London (2012); 3rd Moscow International Biennale for Young Art (2012); Portikus, Frankfurt/Main (2011); Sculpture Center, New York (2011); Guangzhou Triennial (2008).